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Glee club


Sam Evans (director)
Will Schuester/Rachel Berry/Kurt Hummel/Blaine Anderson/Finn Hudson (former directors)


Lima, Ohio


William McKinley High School


1st Place (2009—2012, 2014)
3rd Place (2010)
1st Place (2011—2013, 2015)
12th Place (2011)
1st Place (2012, 2015)
2nd Place (2013)



First episode:


By its very definition, Glee is about opening yourself up to joy.

Lillian Adler, Pilot

New Directions is a glee club originating at William McKinley High School. It is given the name of "New Directions" after Will takes over the group. The group wins Sectionals for the three years it is led by Will, and although they place third at Regionals in 2010, they place first at Regionals 2011 with the original songs: Get It Right and Loser Like Me, as they do at Regionals 2012 consisting of three songs; two performed by New Directions, and a third sung by the former Troubletones.

In their first appearance at Nationals in 2011, they place twelfth and do not qualify for the showcase. In the competition they sing Pretending and Light Up the World. They return to Nationals in 2012 for a second year in a row, performing Edge of Glory, It's All Coming Back to Me Now and Paradise by the Dashboard Light. They go on to win, marking the club's first Nationals win since 1993. As stated in "Britney 2.0," the McKinley Glee club was established in 1954.

In Swan Song, they lose Sectionals for the first time in four years, leading to disbandment and The Choir Room being occupied by The Cheerios. Despite this they still hold regular meetings and performances in whatever areas they are able to find. In Naked, the Lima Municipal Court ban the Warblers from competing due to using performance enhancers, effectively reinstating New Directions. The club yet again won Regionals in All or Nothing.

In City of Angels, they lose Nationals against Throat Explosion, placing second. Due to their loss, the New Directions is officially cancelled by Sue Sylvester, due to lack of school funding.

In Loser Like Me, Rachel Berry submits a petition to reboot the glee club. She is conceded the permission to do so, and she and Kurt Hummel become the new directors. In Transitioning, Will Schuester is hired as the alumni consultant of New Directions. In Child Star, the new New Directions perform in front of their first big audience, Myron's Bar Mitzvah.

In The Rise and Fall of Sue Sylvester, the Warblers combine with New Directions after Dalton Academy burns down and gain official uniforms for the first time. The red blazers were created by Blaine and Kurt to signify the joining of the two rival clubs into teammates.

In We Built This Glee Club, the New Directions win the 2014 Western Ohio Sectional Championship against Vocal Adrenaline and The Falconers. In Dreams Come True, it is revealed that New Directions also won the 2015 Nationals (and prior to that, the 2015 Regionals). Their victory has made a huge impact on the school: William McKinley High School became arts-oriented and is renamed WMHS for Arts, as three more glee clubs (including the return of The Troubletones) are created and over 30 people join New Directions.


Sub Groups

Despite the fact that the New Directions is a club, multiple sub groups have existed within it.

Main article: New Directions Boys

As the name suggests, this group consists of the male members of New Directions. This group was created/founded in the episode Vitamin D after Mr. Schue announced that there will be a Boys vs. Girls Mash-up competition.

Main article: New Directions Girls

As the name suggests, this group consists of the female members (and, on some occasions, Kurt) of New Directions. Just like the New Directions Boys, this group was created/founded in the episode Vitamin D after Mr. Schue announced that there will be a Boys vs Girls Mash-up competition.

As the name suggests, this group consists of members who have graduated from New Directions and McKinley High. Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Mike, Puck, Quinn, Rachel, and Santana graduated in Goodbye, whilst Artie, Blaine, Brittany, Sam, and Tina graduated in New Directions. Joe, Rory, Sugar, and Unique must have graduated between Season Five and Season Six, but this was not shown.

In Throwdown, when Sue was appointed as Co-Director of New Directions; in a plan to paint Will as racially insensitive, Sue takes all she considers the minority members of New Directions under her. It is no longer active.

This group consists of the members that Sue did not choose. It is no longer active.

Main article: The Justin Bieber Experience

This group was founded by Sam when trying to win Quinn back, thinking she was no longer interested. It is no longer active.

Main article: Booty Camp

Created in "I Am Unicorn" in hope of improving the dance skills of most of the members of New Directions who are having trouble with their dancing skills. When Sue becomes apart of New Directions, nearing the end of Season Three, to get back her Cheerios, she makes sure she works them hard at Booty Camp so they can win Nationals. By Season Five, it seems it is no longer active.

Main article: The Troubletones

Originally a rival glee club which have ND's former members Mercedes, Santana and Brittany as leads. After they lost in Sectionals the 3 are offered to rejoin ND and they brought the rest/some of the Troubletones with them.

It is revealed in Dreams Come True that Will has revived the Troubletones as one of three new show choirs at McKinley when it becomes a performing arts school, along with a new all-boys team called the Duly Noted and a junior varsity team for those needing extra practice before joining one of the major groups.

Main article: Dalton Academy Warblers

Originally one of New Directions main rival glee clubs, they join New Directions in The Rise and Fall of Sue Sylvester when their school burns to the ground and Kurt, Rachel, and Will extend an offer to Blaine.

Competition Setlists

Sectionals, 2009
Regionals, 2010

Sectionals, 2010
Regionals, 2011
Nationals, 2011

Sectionals, 2011
Regionals, 2012
Nationals, 2012

Sectionals, 2012
Regionals, 2013
Nationals, 2013

Sectionals, 2014

Current and previous members

(Arranged in the chronological order of joining)

No. Name~ Status Solos* Position First Joined Last Appearance as Member
1 Mercedes Jones Graduated 39 Member, Composer Pilot Goodbye
2 Kurt Hummel 21 Director, Member, Pianist Dreams Come True
3 Artie Abrams 61 Member, Guitarist New Directions
4 Tina Cohen-Chang 43 Member, Pianist, Costume Committee Head, Female Lead
5 Rachel Berry 45 Director, Co-Captain, Female Lead, Composer Dreams Come True
6 Finn Hudson 42 Assistant Director, Co-Captain, Male Lead, Drummer, Guitarist, Composer Goodbye
7 Quinn Fabray 15 Member, Female Lead, Composer Showmance
8 Santana Lopez 26 Member, Choreographer, Composer, Female Lead
9 Brittany Pierce 22 Member, Choreographer All or Nothing
10 Noah Puckerman 12 Member, Guitarist, Pianist, Ambassador, Composer Preggers Goodbye
11 Mike Chang 5 Member, Choreographer, Booty Camp Instructor
12 Matt Rutherford Transferred 0 Member, Choreographer, Back-Up Singer Journey
13 Jesse St. James 2 Member, Consultant The Power of Madonna Funk
14 Sam Evans Graduated 30 Member, Guitarist Duets New Directions
15 Lauren Zizes Quit 1 Member, Back-Up Singer Special Education New York
16 Blaine Anderson Graduated 37 Director, Member, Pianist, Male Lead The Purple Piano Project Dreams Come True
17 Rory Flanagan Transferred 2 Member, Costume Committee, Back-Up Singer Pot o' Gold Goodbye
18 Sugar Motta Quit 2 Member, Costume Committee, Back-Up Singer Hold on to Sixteen All or Nothing
19 Joe Hart 4 Member, Guitarist, Costume Committee Big Brother
20 Unique Adams Disbanded 9 Member The New Rachel New Directions
21 Marley Rose 17 Member, Composer, Pianist
22 Jake Puckerman 18 Member, Guitarist, Booty Camp Instructor, Dancer Britney 2.0
23 Ryder Lynn 13 Member, Drummer Dynamic Duets
24 Kitty Wilde Graduated 16 Member, Booty Camp Instructor, Dancer Dreams Come True
25 Roderick Meeks 3 Member Homecoming
26 Jane Hayward Active 2 Member
27 Madison McCarthy 3 Member
28 Mason McCarthy 3 Member
29 Spencer Porter 1 Member The Hurt Locker, Part Two
30 Myron Muskovitz 1 Member Child Star
31 Alistair 1 Member
32 Skylar Graduated 1 Member The Rise and Fall of Sue Sylvester
33/39 The Warblers Active 1 (Super Gay Warbler) Members
*Only solos where the whole club performed
~Only members who have been part of the club for more than one episode.


Episode Season 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Summer Break
Mercedes Jones One Joined Active
Two Active
Three Active Quits Rejoined Active Graduated
Four Mentor Mentor Guest
Five Guest Guest
Six Guest Joined Guest
Kurt Hummel One Joined Active
Two Active Transferred Rejoined Active
Three Active Graduated
Four Guest Guest
Five Guest Guest
Six Director Active Absent Active Joined Quits
Artie Abrams One Joined Active
Two Active
Three Active
Four Active Disbanded Active
Five Active Disbanded Graduated
Six Guest Joined Guest
Tina Cohen-Chang One Joined Active
Two Active
Three Active Absent/
Four Active Disbanded Active
Five Active Disbanded Graduated
Six Guest Joined Guest
Rachel Berry One Joined Active Quits Rejoined Active
Two Active
Three Active Suspended Rejoined Active Graduated
Five Guest Guest
Six Director Active Joined Quits
Finn Hudson One Joined / Quits / Rejoined Active Quits / Rejoined Active Quits / Rejoined Active
Two Active
Three Active Graduated
Four Guest Director Active Quits Rejoined Passed away
Quinn Fabray One Joined Active
Two Active Quits / Rejoined Active Quits
Three Rejoined Active Absent/
Active Graduated
Four Mentor
Five Guest
Six Guest Guest
Santana Lopez One Joined Active
Two Active Quits / Rejoined Active
Three Kicked Out Rejoined Quits Rejoined Active Graduated
Four Mentor Invited Guest
Five Guest Guest
Six Guest Guest
Brittany Pierce One Joined Active
Two Active Quits / Rejoined Active
Three Active Quits Rejoined Active
Four Active Quits/
Active Disbanded Active Absent/
Active Absent/
Active Graduated
Five Guest
Six Guest Guest
Noah Puckerman One Joined Active
Two Active Absent/Sent to Juvie Active
Three Active Graduated
Four Mentor
Five Guest Guest
Six Guest Guest
Mike Chang One Joined Active
Two Active
Three Active Graduated
Four Mentor Mentor Guest
Five Guest Guest
Six Guest
Matt Rutherford One Joined Active Absent/ Sick Active Transferred
Six Guest
April Rhodes One Joined / Dropped Out Visited
Jesse St. James One Joined Active Absent Active Absent Transferred
Two Rejoined as a Consultant Active Resigned
Six Guest
Sam Evans Two Joined Active
Three Rejoined Active
Four Active Disbanded Active
Five Active Disbanded Graduated
Six Guest Director
Lauren Zizes Two Joined Active Quits
Blaine Anderson Three Joined Active Absent/
Four Active Quits / Rejoined Active Disbanded Active
Five Active Disbanded Graduated
Six Guest Director Active Quits
Rory Flanagan Three Joined Active Absent/
Active Transferred
Sugar Motta Three Rejected Joined Active Absent/
Active Absent/
Four Active Absent/
Active Absent/
Active Quits Rejoined Absent/
Active Absent/
Active Quits
Six Guest
Joe Hart Three Joined Active
Four Active Absent/
Active Disbanded Active Absent/
Active Absent/
Active Quits
Six Guest
Unique Adams Four Joined Active Absent/
Active Absent/
Active Disbanded Active Absent/
Five Active Disbanded
Six Guest Guest
Marley Rose Four Joined Active Disbanded Active
Five Active Suspended Active Disbanded
Jake Puckerman Four Rejected Joined Active Disbanded Active
Five Active Disbanded
Six Guest
Ryder Lynn Four Joined Active Disbanded Active Quits
Five Rejoined Active Disbanded
Six Guest
Kitty Wilde


Joined Active Disbanded Active Absent/
Five Active Disbanded
Six Rejoined Active Graduated
Roderick Meeks


Joined Active Graduated
Jane Hayward


Joined Active Active
Madison McCarthy


Joined Active Active
Mason McCarthy


Joined Active Active
Spencer Porter


Joined Active Active
Myron Muskovitz


Joined Active Active


Joined Active Active


Joined Active Graduated
The Warblers


Joined Active Active
Unnamed People


Note: Temporary members are not included.

Competition costumes

Songs performed

Below is a list of songs New Directions have sung as a group.

Season One
Song Episode Solos
Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat Pilot Artie, Kurt, and Tina
You're The One That I Want Finn and Rachel
Don't Stop Believin'
Le Freak Showmance N/A
Gold Digger Artie, Mercedes, and Will
Push It Artie, Finn, Mercedes, Rachel, and Tina
Don't Stop Believin' The Rhodes Not Taken Finn and Quinn
Last Name April
Somebody to Love Artie, Finn, Rachel, and Mercedes
Ride wit Me Throwdown N/A
Keep Holding On Finn and Rachel
Bust a Move Mash-Up Will
Proud Mary Wheels Artie, Mercedes, and Tina with Finn
Lean on Me Ballad Artie and Mercedes with Tina
Hair/Crazy in Love Hairography Artie and Mercedes
Imagine Artie, Finn, Mercedes, and Rachel
True Colors Tina
Jump Mattress Artie, Finn, Mercedes and Rachel
Smile (Charlie Chaplin)
You Can't Always Get What You Want Sectionals
My Life Would Suck Without You Finn, Rachel, and Tina*
Gives You Hell Hell-O Rachel
Hello, Goodbye Finn and Rachel
Like a Prayer The Power of Madonna Finn, Jesse*, Kurt, Mercedes, and Rachel
Ice Ice Baby Bad Reputation Will
Total Eclipse of the Heart Finn, Jesse, Puck, and Rachel
One Laryngitis Finn, Rachel, and Sean with Mercedes
Dream a Little Dream Dream On Artie
Give up the Funk Funk Artie, Finn, Kurt, Mercedes and Tina
Faithfully Journey Finn and Rachel
Any Way You Want It/Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' Artie, Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Puck, and Rachel
Don't Stop Believin' Artie, Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Puck, Rachel, and Santana
To Sir, With Love Artie, Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Rachel, Santana and Tina

Season Two
Song Episode Solos
Empire State of Mind Audition Artie, Finn, Mercedes, Puck, Rachel, and Santana
Toxic Britney/Brittany Brittany, Rachel, Santana, Tina, and Will
One of Us Grilled Cheesus Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Quinn, Rachel, and Tina
There's a Light (Over At the Frankenstein Place) The Rocky Horror Glee Show Finn, Kurt*, and Rachel
Time Warp Artie, Brittany, Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Quinn, Santana*, and Tina
Forget You The Substitute Artie, Holly, Mercedes, and Santana
Singing In the Rain/Umbrella Artie, Holly, and Will
Marry You Furt Artie, Brittany, Finn, Mike, Quinn, Rachel, Sam, and Tina
Just the Way You Are Finn
(I've Had) The Time of My Life Special Education Quinn and Sam with Mercedes and Santana
Valerie Santana
Dog Days Are Over Mercedes and Tina
The Most Wonderful Day of the Year A Very Glee Christmas Artie, Brittany, Kurt*, Quinn, Sam, and Tina
We Need a Little Christmas Kurt*, Mercedes, and Tina
Welcome Christmas Artie, Mercedes, and Rachel
Thriller/Heads Will Roll The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle Artie, Finn, Rachel, and Santana
Sing Comeback Finn and Rachel
Blame It (On the Alcohol) Blame It on the Alcohol Artie, Mercedes, Puck, and Santana
Tik Tok Brittany with Artie and Mercedes
Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah) Sexy Holly
Get It Right Original Song Rachel with Brittany and Tina
Loser Like Me Finn, Brittany, Mercedes, Rachel, and Santana
Born This Way Born This Way Kurt, Mercedes, and Tina
Don't Stop Rumours Finn, Quinn, Rachel, and Sam
Pure Imagination Funeral Artie, Finn, Kurt, and Tina
I Love New York/New York, New York New York Artie, Brittany, Finn, Mercedes, Rachel, and Santana
Light Up The World Artie, Brittany, Finn, Rachel, Santana, and Tina

Season Three
Song Episode Solos
We Got the Beat The Purple Piano Project Brittany, Rachel, and Santana
You Can't Stop the Beat Artie, Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Rachel, and Tina
Fix You Asian F Will with Artie
Last Friday Night Pot o' Gold Blaine with Artie and Mike
Hit Me with Your Best Shot/One Way or Another Mash Off Finn and Santana
I Can't Go for That/You Make My Dreams Finn, Quinn, Rory, and Tina
Red Solo Cup Hold on to Sixteen Sam with Finn, Mike, Puck, Quinn, and Tina
ABC Kurt, Mike, Quinn, and Tina
Control Artie, Blaine, and Quinn
Man in the Mirror Artie, Blaine, Finn, Mike, Puck, and Sam
We Are Young Finn, Mercedes, Quinn, Rachel, Sam, and Santana
Do They Know It's Christmas? (Feed The World) Extraordinary Merry Christmas Artie, Brittany, Blaine, Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Puck, Rachel, Santana, and Tina
We Found Love Yes/No Rachel and Santana
Summer Nights Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Puck, Rory, Sam, Santana, Sugar, and Tina
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' Michael Blaine
Bad Artie, Blaine, Sebastian and Santana
Black or White Artie, Kurt, Mercedes, Rachel, and Santana
Sexy and I Know It The Spanish Teacher David with Artie
Love Shack Heart Blaine, Brittany, Kurt, Mercedes, Rachel, and Sugar*
Fly/I Believe I Can Fly On My Way Artie, Blaine, Finn, Mercedes, Rachel, and Santana
Here's to Us Rachel
I'm Still Standing Big Brother Artie and Quinn
Hungry Like the Wolf/Rio Blaine and Cooper
Night Fever Saturday Night Glee-ver Blaine, Joe, and Will
Stayin' Alive Finn, Mercedes, and Santana
It's Not Right But It's Okay Dance with Somebody Blaine
My Love Is Your Love Artie, Blaine, Kurt, and Mercedes
Because You Loved Me Props Tina
Flashdance... What a Feeling Rachel and Tina
Paradise By The Dashboard Light Nationals Blaine, Brittany, Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Mike, Puck, Rachel, and Santana
It's All Coming Back to Me Now Rachel
Tongue Tied Artie, Finn, Rachel, and Santana
We Are The Champions Finn, Kurt, Quinn, Puck, Rachel, and Santana
I'll Remember Goodbye Kurt
You Get What You Give Finn, Puck, Sam*, Mercedes, and Rachel
In My Life Artie, Blaine, Joe, Rory, Sam, Sugar, and Tina

Season Four
Song Episode Solos
Chasing Pavements The New Rachel Marley
Gimme More Britney 2.0 Brittany
Born to Hand Jive The Role You Were Born to Play Jake, Marley, Mercedes, and Ryder
You're the One That I Want Glease Blaine, Brittany, Finn, Kurt, Marley, Rachel, Ryder, and Santana
Holding Out for a Hero Dynamic Duets Kitty and Marley
Some Nights Blaine, Jake, Joe, Kitty, Marley, Ryder, Sam, and Tina
Gangnam Style Thanksgiving Tina with Kitty and Ryder
Don't Dream It's Over Swan Song Blaine, Brittany, Finn, Marley, Sam, and Tina
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Glee, Actually Blaine, Brittany, Jake, Marley, and Sam
This Is the New Year Naked Artie, Blaine, Brittany, Jake, Marley, Ryder, Sam, Tina, and Unique
Don't Stop Me Now Diva Blaine
Anything Could Happen I Do Artie, Jake, and Marley
Shout Girls (and Boys) on Film Blaine and Brittany
In Your Eyes Will with Unique
Footloose Artie, Joe, and Sam
The Bitch Is Back/Dress You Up Feud Ryder and Unique
I Still Believe/Super Bass Blaine and Sue
Closer Jake and Ryder
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Guilty Pleasures Blaine and Sam
Mamma Mia Blaine, Kitty, Marley, Sam, and Unique
Copacabana Sam
More Than Words Shooting Star Brittany and Sam
Say Blaine, Brittany, Kitty, Marley, Sam, and Ryder
Outcast Sweet Dreams Jake, Kitty, Marley, Ryder, and Unique
We Will Rock You Lights Out Artie, Blaine, Jake, and Ryder
Longest Time Artie, Jake, Kitty, Marley, Ryder, and Sam
For Once in My Life Wonder-ful Artie
Superstition Blaine, Marley, and Mercedes
I Wish Jake with Marley
Hall of Fame All or Nothing Artie, Jake, Joe, Ryder, and Sam
I Love It Brittany, Kitty, Tina, and Unique
All or Nothing Blaine and Marley

Season Five
Song Episode Solos
Help! Love, Love, Love Blaine and Sam
All You Need Is Love Blaine
Hey Jude Tina in the Sky with Diamonds Blaine, Kitty, Sam, and Tina
Let It Be Artie, Kitty, Kurt, Rachel, Santana, and Tina
Seasons of Love The Quarterback Kurt, Mercedes, Mike, Puck, Santana, Tina
I'll Stand by You Mercedes
If I Die Young Santana
Fire and Rain Artie and Sam
Roar A Katy or A Gaga Dani, Elliott, Kitty, Sam, Tina, Unique
Blurred Lines The End of Twerk Artie, Bree, Jake, and Will
On Our Way Artie, Blaine, Jake, Kitty, Marley, Ryder, Sam, Tina, and Unique
Movin' Out Movin' Out Blaine and Sam
My Life Jake
You May Be Right Artie, Jake, Kitty, Ryder, and Will
You're My Best Friend Puppet Master Blaine
The Fox Artie, Blaine, Elliott, Jake, Rachel, Santana, and Tina
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Previously Unaired Christmas Artie, Jake, Kitty, Marley, and Will
Love Child Unique with Marley and Tina
Away In A Manger Kitty, Kurt, Rachel, and Santana
Whenever I Call You Friend Frenemies Artie and Tina
My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) Artie and Tina
Breakaway Artie, Blaine, and Tina
Hold On Trio Artie, Blaine, Dani, Elliott, Kurt, Rachel, Sam, Santana, and Tina
I Love L.A. City of Angels Artie, Blaine, Jake, Sam, and Will
More Than a Feeling Blaine and Tina
America Artie, Kitty, Sam, and Unique
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For Artie, Blaine, Sam, and Tina
Raise Your Glass 100 April and Will
Happy Blaine, Holly Mercedes, and Will
Total Eclipse of the Heart New Directions April and Will
Don't Stop Believin' Artie, Blaine, Kurt, Rachel, Tina, and Will

Season Six
Song Episode Solos
Home Homecoming Artie, Brittany, Jane, Kurt, Madison, Mason, Puck, Quinn, Rachel, Roderick, Santana, Spencer, and Tina
You Learn/You've Got a Friend Jagged Little Tapestry Brittany, Kurt, Quinn, Rachel, Santana, and Tina
It Must Have Been Love The Hurt Locker, Part Two Kitty and Spencer
Father Figure Roderick
All Out of Love Mason, Jane, and Madison
Alfie What the World Needs Now Santana
What the World Needs Now Artie, Blaine, Kurt, Mercedes, Rachel, Sam, and Will
All About That Bass Transitioning Mercedes and Roderick
Hey Ya! A Wedding Artie, Jane and Madison
Uptown Funk Child Star Jane, Roderick and Spencer
Cool Kids Allister, Jane, Kitty, Madison, Mason, Myron, Roderick, and Spencer
Rather Be The Rise and Fall of Sue Sylvester Alistair, Jane, Kitty, Madison, Mason, Myron, Roderick, and Spencer
Rise Skylar, Jane, Kitty, Madison, Mason, Roderick, Spencer, and Super Gay Warbler
Take Me to Church We Built This Glee Club Roderick, Kitty, Jane and Skylar*
Chandelier Madison, Kitty and Jane
Come Sail Away Mason, Madison, Kitty and Spencer

  • * denotes that singer was included on the album version only.
  • denotes that singer was included on the episode version only.



Rachel's audition.

Almost every member of the club auditioned, although some of them didn't because they already proved their talent like Puck, who was in Acafellas; Finn, who sung in the showers and was heard by Will; Matt and Mike, who danced to Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It); Sam, who sung with the New Directions Boys; Jesse and Blaine, who were the leads of Vocal Adrenaline and the Dalton Academy Warblers respectively and Joe, who was heard singing with The God Squad. However, Jacob and Lauren joined without an audition because they joined as quick replacements for Finn and Kurt, respectively. Ryder and Kitty didn't audition for New Directions due to their talent in the school production of Grease, and to complete the number of members needed for New Directions. Jane did not audition, but instead requested Rachel to let her join New Directions. Spencer joins after he was recruited and convinced by Sam.

Other people joined after performing a number with/before other New Direction members:


From time to time Mr. Schue, Finn (I Kissed a Girl and Dynamic Duets), Sue, Coach Roz and Coach Beiste (Choke), or Rachel and Kurt (Season Six) gives the students an assignment. The students (Tina, Artie and Blaine) also give an assignment to Finn and Will in Feud. This is the list of songs sung as an assignment.

Songs for the Invitational (The Rhodes Not Taken):

Boys vs Girls Mash-Up Competition (Vitamin D):

Sue's Kids vs Will's Group (Throwdown):

Song to mash with Bust a Move (Mash-Up):

First Diva-Off (Wheels):

Wheelchair Number (Wheels):

Ballads (Ballad):

Hairography Number (Hairography):

Songs that say Hello (Hell-O):

WWMD (What Would Madonna Do?) (The Power of Madonna):

Songs about finding a new Home (Home):

Songs with Bad Reputation (Bad Reputation):

Songs that best represent your feelings (Laryngitis):

Theatricality Number (Theatricality):

Funk Number (Funk):

Song to recruit new members (Audition):

Adult Contemporary songs (Britney/Brittany):

Religious songs (Grilled Cheesus):

Duets Competition (Duets):

Songs for the school musical (The Rocky Horror Glee Show):

Boys vs Girls Second Mash-Up Competition (Never Been Kissed):

Songs for Burt and Carole's Wedding (Furt):

Christmas Carols (A Very Glee Christmas):

Halftime Routine (The Sue Sylvester Shuffle):

Love Songs (Silly Love Songs):

Anthems (Comeback):

Second Diva-Off (Comeback)

Songs that show the dangers of drinking (Blame It on the Alcohol):

Original songs for Regionals (Original Song):

Songs by neglected artists for the Benefit Concert (A Night of Neglect):

Songs that show Acceptance (Born This Way):

Fleetwood Mac's Album "Rumous" Tribute (Rumours):

Songs for Junior Prom (Prom Queen):

Auditions for the solo in the Nationals 2011 (Funeral):

Original songs for Nationals 2011 (New York):

Songs for the Purple Piano Project (The Purple Piano Project):

Audition for the West Side Story Musical (I Am Unicorn/Asian F):

West Side Story Musical Rehearsals and Show (The First Time):

New Directions vs. Troubletones Mash-Off (Mash Off):

Songs performed by a female artist "Lady Music Week" (I Kissed a Girl):

Songs for the Christmas Special: (Extraordinary Merry Christmas):

Proposal Songs (Yes/No):

WWMJD (What Would Michael Jackson Do?) (Michael):

Songs of Hispanic Relation (The Spanish Teacher):

World's Greatest Love Songs (Heart):

Songs from "Saturday Night Fever" (Saturday Night Glee-ver):

Whitney Houston Tribute (Dance with Somebody):

Anti-Domestic Violence Songs (Choke):

Songs for Senior Prom (Prom-asaurus):

Songs to say Goodbye (Goodbye):

Songs by Britney Spears (Britney 2.0):

Auditions for Grease (The Role You Were Born to Play):

Grease rehearsals and show (Glease):

Dynamic Duets (Dynamic Duets):

Ladies' Choice (Sadie Hawkins):

Songs for the Sadie Hawkins Dance (Sadie Hawkins)

Men of McKinley Calendar (Naked):

Songs for Regionals (Naked)

DIVA Week (Diva):

Songs from Movies (Girls (and Boys) on Film):

Musical Feuds (Feud):

Guilty Pleasure Songs (Guilty Pleasures):

Last Chance Songs (Shooting Star):

Unplugged Songs (Lights Out):

Stevie Wonder Week (Wonder-ful):

The Beatles Tribute Week One (Love, Love, Love):

The Beatles Tribute Week Two and Prom Night (Tina in the Sky with Diamonds):

Finn (The Quarterback):

Katy vs Gaga (A Katy or A Gaga):

Twerk (The End of Twerk):

Billy Joel Tribute (Movin' Out):

Green Christmas, Auditions for Virgin Mary and Christmas Nativity Scene (Previously Unaired Christmas):

Lesson Number 100: Reinvent Songs Previously Sung by the Glee Club (100 and New Directions):

Homecoming: Sing to Encourage New Kids to Join the Club (Homecoming):

Jagged Little Tapestry: Mashup the Music of Alanis Morisette and Carole King (Jagged Little Tapestry):

Burt Bacharach (What the World Needs Now)

Transitioning (Transitioning)

Myron's Bar Mitzvah (Child Star)


  • The name "New Directions" is a play on the words "Nude Erections," pointed out by Ryan Murphy in the visual commentary for Pilot who stated that "no one ever got that joke." This is reinforced by the fact Will gets the idea for the club name naked in bed.
  • The club never starts the season off with enough members.
    • Season One: The club had just been created and only five auditioned and were accepted. Another had been recruited.
    • Season Two: The club started off eleven members because Matt had transferred schools. Sam got his place in the club.
    • Season Three: The club started off with ten members because Sam transferred and Lauren and Quinn quit the club. Sam and Quinn rejoined, and Blaine filled in for Lauren.
    • Season Four: The club members started off with eight members because eight of them graduated and one was deported. Unique joined and open auditions were held.
    • Season Five: The club started off with nine members due to Brittany leaving in All or Nothing and Joe and Sugar quitting, without explanation, after that episode.
    • Season Six: After the club had been previously disbanded, the club has been re-created, and 4 members join in the second episode.
  • The first six members joined separately, while the second six joined in threes.
  • Artie and Tina are the members that have been in the club the longest.
    • Along with Puck and Mike, they are the four of the original twelve members who have never left the club.
    • However, in Acafellas, they came close to quitting after the cruel treatment of choreographer Dakota Stanley, but Rachel convinced them not to.
  • Though they supposedly meet before and after classes, it appears that they often meet during school hours, but this is not explained.
  • With the exception of MadisonRoderick, Skylar and the rest of the former Warblers, every member has dated, made out with, crushed on or slept with at least one other member.
  • Though the Glee club is not treated very kindly by the rest of the school, they get applauded and cheered for by McKinley students when performing at pep rally assemblies and invitationals.
  • Though Emma said in Special Education that for the competition Will always has Finn and Rachel sing a ballad with Mercedes wailing on the last note, Will has only featured this setlist once. He planned the setlist this way for Regionals, but he never planned a setlist for Sectionals in Season One; the glee club members did that on their own. However, she was probably referring to the normal group numbers that feature Finn and Rachel singing lead with Mercedes singing the last note as it was common practice throughout Season One.
  • Will often says that the Glee club will do a number that can be performed at a competition, but this has yet to happen (ex: Defying Gravity, Gold Digger, Flashdance... What a Feeling, etc.).
  • In Sectionals, Rachel states that when you are last to perform you are the one that is fresh to the judges' minds and when first, everyone else has to measure up to you. They have never once lost in a competition when they were in the third or first slot, with the exception of 2013 Nationals, where they were in the last spot and came in second.
  • Will states in one episode that the New Directions were one of the most diverse clubs in the school. Members have included at least five Christians (Mercedes, Quinn, Sam, Joe, and Kitty), four Jews (Rachel, Puck, Jake, and Myron), at least one atheist (Kurt), seven LGBT members (Kurt, Blaine, Spencer, and Alistair being gay; Unique being transgender; Santana being a lesbian; and Brittany being bisexual), five African-Americans (Mercedes, Matt, Jake, Unique, and Jane), one Latina (Santana), three Asians (Tina, Mike, and Sunshine), two foreign exchange students (Rory and Sunshine), two physically disabled people (Artie and Quinn, but she recovered), two dyslexic people (Sam and Ryder), one junior high school student (Myron), and members of a different glee club (Jesse, Skylar and the Warblers).
  • So far Rachel, Finn, Santana, Tina, Puck, Mercedes, Brittany, Will, and Marley have all written at least one original song. Quinn aided in writing one, though unintentionally. Sue was also the inspiration for one of their original songs.
  • The only members who have never been slushied on-screen are Brittany, Lauren, Rory, Sugar, Joe, Ryder, Kitty, Roderick, Jane, Mason, Madison, Spencer, Myron and Alistair.
    • Blaine has been slushied, but not by a McKinley student.
  • Rachel, Santana, and Tina are the only former members who have gotten a full solo in a competition. Coincidentally, they are all female.
  • Roderick is the first and, as of now, only male member to have a solo in a competition (2014 Invitational).
  • Rachel, Finn, Quinn, Sam, Marley, Blaine, Tina, Kitty and Spencer are the only members who have sung in a duet in a competition.
  • Rachel and Tina are the only members who have sung a solo, a duet, and a group number in a competition.
    • Blaine has also accomplished this, but he was not a member of the New Directions when he sang a solo.
  • Sugar has the most amount of absences in almost twenty group numbers since she joined the club.
  • Artie, Tina, and Brittany are the members to have won the most Regionals competitions.
  • Sugar and Matt are the only former members not to appear in any Christmas episodes.
  • Tina and Artie have competed in most of the competitions up to date, 11.
  • New Directions has only ever had two sets of siblings joined: half-brothers Puck and Jake Puckerman (Jake joined after Puck's graduation), and twins Madison and Mason McCarthy (they joined at the same time).
  • Alistair and Skylar are the only two members whose last names are never revealed while the seven Warblers remain nameless.



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